835. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice if changes will be made to the current age limit to enter An Garda Síochána; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17530/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): I can inform the Deputy that an Expert Review Group has been established to examine the issue of Garda Recruitment, Entry Pathways and Recruit Education. This review is a commitment under A Policing Service for our Future, the Government’s Implementation Plan for the recommendations in the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. The Group will examine a variety of matters including the age of recruitment to An Garda Síochána. The Group operates in an advisory capacity and will submit a report to the Garda Commissioner within 12 months.